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Steve Montgomery

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

'Shoes Off' - Oceanview & 38 Steps to Beach-Family Paradise

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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Coastal North Carolina House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Accessible only by passenger ferry boat, 20 minutes from the mainland USA, our home 'Shoes Off' on beautiful Bald Head Island is the perfect retreat for your family getaway. Over 180 degree views of South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean from two stories of huge decks, golf course views to the rear and just 38 steps to the boardwalk beach access. Walk to the Bald Head Island Club, offering gourmet and casual dining, championship golf, tennis, kid friendly pool with a waterslide, championship Croquet Greensward and delicious treats, sandwiches, ice cream and pizza from the “Pelicatessen”. Also within walking distance from Shoes Off is a large children’s playground, sand volleyball court and day camp facilities at the Bald Head Island Club.

Our home was first listed on VRBO in April 2010.

Shoes Off is a family home with the focus on just that…..Family.

Bald Head Island is the most family friendly place we’ve ever been.

Summer weekly rentals in our home include temporary memberships to BOTH the Bald Head Island Club and the Shoals Club. The Shoals Club is situated on the southeast tip of the island, where the convergence of South and East Beaches form the “Point” of Cape Fear, one of the most beautiful ocean views on the USA’s Atlantic coast. You can literally stand on a two-foot wide point of sand, with waves coming from both the southwest and northeast, on the very tip of the Cape.

Weekly rentals include all cleaning charges. Provided to all Shoes Off guests with our compliments are linens, bath and beach towels, bath tissue, paper towels and trash bags. We have a well-equipped kitchen with service for 12 people and seating for even more. We maintain an open guest cabinet in the kitchen with an array of cooking spices, oil, coffee filters and more. We’ve rented beach homes in the past that were completely void of most everything………Not a paper towel, salt-shaker or roll of TP in sight. We are pleased to offer you the opposite of that. Just bring your bathing suit, your flip-flops, your favorite refreshment, your iPad/Pod and a good book.

Our home is designed on a reverse floor plan with living, dining, screened porch areas and incredible ocean views on the 3rd floor. The home features two master suites, and two other bedrooms on the 2nd level, all with direct deck access and ocean views from each bedroom. One bedroom is specifically arranged for children, featuring bunk beds, sleeper sofa, a closetful of toys, DVD, VCR, Satellite TV and a selection of children’s movies.

We also provide one high-chair and two Pack & Plays.

On the deck, just outside of the 3rd floor kitchen/living area door is a 48” stainless steel gas grill than can handle outdoor cooking for the largest of families or groups.

We offer large flat screen monitors and satellite TV in all of the adult bedrooms. The children’s bedroom has a TV/VCR/DVD combo. The 3rd floor living area features a 50” Panasonic Plasma TV, Direct TV Satellite service and a Bose Lifestyle System audio and home theater. The system includes an easy access dock for your iPod or iPhone.

Our master suite includes a 24” iMac computer. Wireless internet access is provided throughout the home, with a signal that can reach the beach if that’s of interest. The fishing from the beach is sometimes excellent to outstanding. We recommend that you unplug and take a fishing rod instead.

Shoes Off offers an elevator. While not completely handicap accessible, the elevator makes the 3 story climb easy on the knees for anyone who might have trouble with stairs. We use the elevator primarily for hauling luggage, groceries and supplies to the 2nd floor bedrooms and 3rd floor living and dining areas. The elevator is exceptionally helpful in this regard.

We provide bikes for children and adults, a baby jogger, kids bike trailer, beach chairs, some beach toys, a few kites, sand spikes for your fishing rods and a small beach umbrella or two.

The loop road behind Shoes Off (Snowy Egret and Black Skimmer) is a fantastic place for children to bike and skate safely in an area with virtually no traffic. Two of our children learned to ride bikes there. Two of our children’s bikes have training wheels available. The entire Island is also a fantastic place to walk, jog, bike and skate. Some contractor vehicles are allowed on the roads during the weekdays but you’ll mostly just see and hear the quiet hum of the occasional electric golf cart passing by.

We can provide you with information for children’s day camps at the Bald Head Island Club and the Bald Head Island Conservancy. Both offer terrific children’s programs and can provide Mom and Dad with a few hours of peace and quiet, one of the real beauties of a vacation on Bald Head Island.

Vehicular transportation on the island is limited to golf carts. We offer one 6-seat cart and one 4-seat cart.

The photographs of Shoes Off hardly do the place justice. It’s simply an incredible home for your family and friends to unwind, relax, retreat and recharge. Bald Head Island is unto itself. Come and feel for yourself. You’ve never seen the sunset like you will see it from here.

Please visit us online for more photographs, video tours, island guides and maps. Please email us for more information.

We hope to have you as our guest soon.

Steve, Madeline, Maxwell and Eleanor.

Keywords: beach house oceanfront family friendly

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Steve Montgomery (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Steve Montgomery

We hope to have you as our guest soon. Steve and Kids - Madeline, Maxwell and Eleanor.

Why Steve Montgomery chose Coastal North Carolina

It's the most family friendly place we've ever been. Having our extended family scattered from the Midwest to the northeast USA, Shoes Off has been very friendly to ours. The place is the ultimate magnet in our selfishly attracting friends and family to come and visit.

What makes this house unique

It's darker at night than any place we've seen. The sky at night is bright like you can't imagine. It's safe for our kids and the dog to run free. The Island is quiet. The Island's ecosystem is diverse, from oceanfront beach, extraordinary marine life, 12,000 acre old-growth maritime forest to the marshes and creeks of the lower Cape Fear River Basin. The fishing can be excellent most months of the year, with always something biting even in the warmest months. The focus on nature and conservation here is a terrific element for our three young children to experience.


based on 21 traveler reviews

'Shoes Off' - Oceanview & 38 Steps to Beach-Family Paradise
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

Perfect for all ages.

  • 5 of 5

This property was made even more desirable and pleasant by the owner who was very attentive to our needs. The home came equipped with all means of recreation for the beach, bikes and a kyack. The membership in the two clubs was a distinct advantage that we took full use of. We will definitely consider it for our next trip to BHI.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

We were all looking forward to our family vacation on Bald Head with children and grandchildren arriving from afar . Shoes Off was where we were headed and upon arrival we were very dissapointed. The kitchen cabinets were delaminating, a window wouldn't close, the dishwasher handle was broken and made it hazardous to open. All that and the ice maker didn't make ice . Mold in the showers, towels had holes in them and sheets were stained .The furniture was not only inadequate it was badly stained also . Clearly not what you would expect from a premium rental.

The property was in sad shape and badly in need of a re-do.

Although the location was great and there was ample beach equipment one of the golf carts was unsafe to drive.

We were so very upset that we spent our last day looking at other Bald Head properties. This only led to more disappointment as they were all so very superior .

To top off our vacation we had to chase the owner upon our return home for our deposit. He had every excuse in the book and the whole experience left a bad taste.

Bald Head is such a great place to visit and it is a shame that such a poor property can spoil your vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect week with family

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Bald Head Island (BHI) and everything was exactly as promised by the owner. I don't know how he managed to keep the weather so nice for us, too! It rained one morning and the kids all played cards and we read our books. Even the rainy day was beautiful. We have been to a lot of beaches from Corolla to Hilton Head and BHI is our favorite.

We especially appreciated not having to pack our beach gear, "Shoes Off" had everything we needed and more. It was so nice having the golf carts, bikes, and beach chairs right in the super neat garage. The beach/fishing cart made it easy to tote items to and from the beach. The ocean is so conveniently located!

Steve, the owner, went above and beyond to ensure we had a relaxing family vacation and we did.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

Just a quick note to confirm how great "Shoes Off" is as a vacation rental. We stayed 3 nights and immediately fell in love with the expansive views, multiple porches, and comfortable furnishings. It's not overly fancy, but is very sensibly laid out and offers a great mix of privacy and fun gathering spaces for larger groups. The location is phenomenal (especially for the views) but also for the ease in visiting other spots on the island by bike, go cart, or whatever. We've stayed on Baldhead Island before, but Shoe's Off is by far the best value we've come across. Thanks, Steve, for everything you did to make our stay such a good one. We hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Erie, PA

A Family Tradition

  • 5 of 5

We come to BHI every year for family vacations and we always choose to come back to Shoes Off. The home is in a perfect location and has everything we need. BHI is a special place, and Shoes Off is a special home.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Asheboro, NC

Family get together

  • 5 of 5

This is a great location. We could hear the waves while eating breakfast. The beach access was at the end of the driveway. From the decks you could watch the dolphins and the ships. We loved the open areas on the 3rd floor so we could all hang out together and have awesome views. The location and the layout of the house could not have been better. There was plenty of table space to have a jigsaw puzzle going and another table for dining. One deck had a hammock that was perfect to lay and read. The 2 golf carts were both in great condition. Steve, the owner was very responsive to emails and truly wants his guests to have a memorable experience in this very special place.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Bald Head Island Chapel
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Baldy Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Bald Head Island Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Alligator Overlook!
Nearest Point of Interest
Maritime Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Island Hardware
Nearest Point of Interest
Shoals Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Island Passage
Nearest Point of Interest
Shops, Art Gallery and Ice Cream Shop

Don't miss a kayaking trip in Bald Head Creek and adjoining tributaries.


Rates & Availability

Bald Head Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Summer
Jun 12 2016 - Aug 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Value Summer
Aug 29 2016 - Sep 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 11 2016 - Nov 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas/New Years 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.75%

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Coastal North Carolina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (3), Child Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) We provide two pack and play cribs., Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
24' iMac. Wireless Internet Signal on the Beach (If that's important to you!). Bose Lifestyle System Home Theater. Plasma/LCD Satellite TV in every bedroom. Walk to the Bald Head Island Club, Playground, Pool, Pelicatessen Deli, Golf and Croquet.

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